Sunday, 18 September 2011

Divorce cases rise in Qatar

Divorces cases among Qataris have risen during the past few years, according to a study.

The study was carried out by Qatari researcher Dr. Kaltham al-Ghanim of Qatar University. She told a seminar that  divorce cases among Qataris  rose from 36%  in 2007 to 41% in 2009.

The researcher found that the average age of first marriage  among Qatari females ranged between 20 and 24 while it ranged between 25 and 29 for males. The age of the first marriage was much less than in the neighbouring countries, she said.

The choice of the other half has to do with family, economic considerations while the individual’s choice came last.

She said divorce usually took place after encouragement from the parents.

According to official figures, in 2007 there were 355 girls aged from 15 to 19 and 926 aged from 20 to 24 got married .

The average age difference between the Qatari husband and wife was three years, against five years in the neighbouring countries.

The marriages among relatives were 48% of the cases and half of these cases were first-degree and that can cause diseases for the children born to them.

The divorce figures in the Qatari countryside were less than in the urban centres. That has to do with the independence tendencies of women in those areas.

The divorce among the ages 20 to 24 constituted 53% of the entire cases and in the ages between 25 and 29, the percentage was 36%.

Some 41% of the Qatari women divorced in 2009 were holders of high school degree against 21% for those who have university certificates.

The divorce generally among Qataris took place in the early stages of the marriage, the researcher said.

(Source: Gulf Times)

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